Not present in Jason Garrett’s windy explanations of timeoutgate in the aftermath of the Cowboys’ overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday was an admission by Garrett that he simply made a mental mistake and thought that his team was operating with no timeouts when they actually had two.
Whether this is the case or not, it sure seems like it looking back on the way Dallas handled the final drive of regulation, eventually attempting a 49-yard field goal and missing to send the game to overtime, where they lost. And we’re not the only ones who think this is a valid explanation.
Troy Aikman, a close friend of Garrett’s from their days as the nos. 1 and 2 quarterbacks for the Cowboys, recently came out in support of the “Jason Garrett Had A Brain Fart” theory.
“It sure seemed to me that the Cowboys weren’t aware of having two timeouts,” Aikman said on his YouTube show “Hot Reads With Troy Aikman,” via ESPN Dallas. “Otherwise, I think you burn that timeout and you save the last timeout for your field goal team. But if you’d used that timeout right away, then you’re capable if you make that decision of running another play.
“Now there are those – and Jason was one that said this – well, if you run the ball and you lose yardage or if you drop back to pass and you take a sack, now you take yourself out of field goal range, which happened earlier in that ballgame. So at the end of the day, if they had called timeout, would they have tried to get more yardage or would they have tried to position the ball? I don’t know, but it sure seemed like an opportunity lost.”
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